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So, go natural . . with aquaponics and get food to boot. Your basic aquaponics system has three main components and a fourth, secondary component that helps move the process along. These components are a fish tank, a water tank, a grow bed, and a pump system, respectively.
- A fish tank is where your fish or other aquatic life will live. Ammonia from the excrement of these marine animals will accumulate in their tank which increases the toxicity of the aquaculture. In order for the marine life to survive, this ammonia-rich water needs to be filtered.
- Using a pump system, this water can be sent out to a separate water tank. The tank’s purpose is to distribute your already-fertilized water to the plants in your grow beds, and just like watering any type of plant, you don’t want to overdo it.
- With the aid of the pump system, you can regulate flow of this nitrate-rich water into the grow beds where your various fruits or vegetables are planted in soil (or a soil-like substitute) or suspended above shallow pools of water in a frame. The plants will then use this water to feed themselves and, in turn, produce filtered, clean water. The water trickles through the grow beds and back into the water tank where the fish live. Your only added element is a bit of fish food.
- Picking the right pump for your system is important. Ultimately, you want to be as energy efficient as possible. Do your research beforehand to find pumps that can run on very little electricity or completely on renewable energy. Your last – and perhaps most important – ingredient is water. A steady pH level in your water is crucial. Too drastic of a change will result in loss of crops and fish.